Orion Cassiobridge gains consent for 485 new homes on Ascot Road to unlock the Western Gateway masterplan

Orion Cassiobridge’s planning application for a mixed-use scheme on Ascot Road led by 485 new homes, of which 170 will be affordable, was granted consent by Watford Borough Council’s Development Management Committee on 5 July 2017.

The new residential quarter will deliver much-needed new homes including 35% affordable units with 186 car and 575 cycle parking spaces in an undercroft parking area; restaurants, cafes, shops and space dedicated for community use along a pedestrianised boulevard; as well as new public space, including woodland gardens, a tree-lined walk and generous landscaped areas.

This is the first proposal to come forward under the Croxley View and Ascot Road masterplan and one of the first to realise the Council’s policy on taller buildings. The scheme reflects the Council’s ambitions for this site to set a benchmark of high-quality design it wishes to see across the borough.

Cllr Peter Jeffree, Chair of the Management Development Committee said:
“This scheme brings a significant investment to the Western Gateway, a priority area for Watford in the Draft Local Plan as well as much-needed affordable homes for our community.”

Chairman of Orion, Richard Olsen said:
“Watford is experiencing remarkable growth and we are delighted to be paving the way for significant investment in Ascot Road. It will bring significant benefits to the local economy and over 700 new jobs will be created, a minimum of 60% of which will be for local people as well as opportunities for local businesses.

“We share the Council’s vision for ambitious growth in Watford, securing its position as a significant regional hub. We are actively exploring more opportunities to work with such a bold and progressive local authority.”

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